A public forum focusing on race and education in America will be held at The Lyric Theatre on Wednesday, April 29, at 4 p.m.

The legacies of segregation and integration in Virginia public education will be addressed as well as the ways Americans think about race and education today. Speakers include Peter Wallenstein, professor of history, Virginia Tech; Patrice Grimes, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia; and Elaine Carter, Christiansburg Institute. Kevin McDonald, vice president for the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Virginia Tech, will serve as moderator.

This public event will be preceded by a free workshop for teachers at Blacksburg Middle School from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Workshop sessions include

  • Race in Southwest Virginia: Demographic Patterns of Change given by Daniel Thorp, chair of the Department of History at Virginia Tech;
  • Law, Race, and Segregation in Virginia Schools, given by Peter Wallenstein, professor of history at Virginia Tech;
  • African American Schools in Southwest Virginia, given by Tom Ewing, associate professor of history at Virginia Tech; and
  • Strategies for Teaching about Race, given by David Hicks, School of Education at Virginia Tech, and Patrice Grimes, Curry School of Education at University of Virginia.

Workshop participants will receive instructional materials and lunch. No registration fee required. To register for the workshop, please contact Tom Ewing

Sponsoring organizations: Virginia Tech's College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Department of History, Office of Equity and Inclusion; and the Montgomery County Public Schools “Teaching American History” Grant.